Braves Beat Phillies For 7th Straight Win

By scotthumphries

Tim Hudson pitched six strong innings to get his sixth win of the season, and Troy Glaus blasted his ninth homerun as the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3           on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Hudson (6-1) pitched through a 64-minute rain delay and pitched six innings of five-hit, two-run ball to get his sixth win, while Glaus connected for a three-run first inning blast that staked Atlanta to an early 3-0 lead.

Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels (5-4) gave up the three-run shot to the hot-hitting Glaus and took the loss for the Phillies.

The Braves tacked on two runs in the third to go up 5-0, and scored single runs in the fifth and eighth innings to account for their seven runs, while Philadelphia scored two runs in the sixth on a two-run homer by Ryan Howard, and one run in the ninth on an rbi-single by Wilson Valdez, but it was too little and too late for the Phillies.

The Atlanta bullpen pitched three innings of one-run ball to close out the game for the Braves, with Eric O’Flaherty and Takashi Saito pitching a pair of scoreless innings, and Billy Wagner coming on with two outs in the ninth to notch his eighth save of the year.

The win was the seventh straight win and 17th win in 21 games for the red-hot Braves, who improved to 30-22 with the win, while the loss dropped the Phillies to 28-23.

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